The Trend

In Uncategorized on March 16, 2011 at 8:41 am

In October 2010, the Los Angeles Times reported that the highest teen birth rates were found in the South. In Mississippi, for every 1,000 female teens, the teen birthrate is 65.7 (with the national average falling to 41.5 in 2008). More recently, teen parenting and out-of-wedlock births have come under more scrutiny with the birth of Bristol Palin’s son, the pregnancy pact in Massachusetts , and the MTV reality series Teen Mom.

In 2009 the New York Times reported that the out-of-wedlock birthrates for women in their 20s and 30s has dramatically increased. Specifically in 2007, 20-something year old women had “60 percent of all babies born out of wedlock, teenagers had 23 percent and women 30 and older had 17 percent.”

Sanford Johnson of Mississippi First says that the growing teen birthrates in Mississippi is one of major concern. While teen and out-of-wedlock birthrates are highest among Hispanics and African Americans, Johnson advises that these growing rates are everyone’s concern and if not addressed quickly, Meg O’Nan says “we will continue to lose a generation of children.” O’Nan, founder of the Mississippi based nonprofit O’Nan Project for Change, focuses on empowering children to make sound and healthy decisions. For O’Nan when we empower children early, it is highly likely they will make better choices when it comes to engaging in risky behaviors.

The goal for us moving forward is reaching those who are at risk of becoming parents too soon or even at risk of contracting an STI. Especially for teen parents, they are much more likely to seek higher education and babies born to teen mothers are much more likely to have health problems. We all are affected by these growing statistics. These statistics are much more than numbers; they affect the society around us.

  1. Hi, just want to say thanks for the great post, keep up the good work.

  2. On a related note, in 2007 there were more babies born to unwed mothers in Mississippi than to wedded mothers.

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